The son of farm workers, professor Saragoza earned a B.A. at CSU Fresno, then an M.A. at Harvard. Following a stint teaching high school in Merced, he completed a Ph.D. in Latin American History at UC San Diego in 1986. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1986.
Chicano/Latino Studies and their intersections with immigration to the USA, especially Mexico and Cuba, historical interface between processes of racialization and inequity in Latin America.